Monday, September 3, 2012

A New Top and Lunch...

I spotted this beautiful black chiffon fabric with a tropical border at Hancock Fabrics and fell in love!  Now the trick was going to be what to make out of it.  But I had an idea...I've seen other women wearing these gorgeous flowing tops, most are in solid colors with the high low hemlines.  Perfect for this fabric and I had the best pattern too!  Butterick 5786...



With a few of my purely design changes, I think it might work!  So off I went...the first change was to make a yoke in the back.  I wanted this because it would create the extra "flow and fullness" I was looking for.  I did it by folding the back pattern piece down from the shoulders and creating a separate pattern piece for the yoke.


Next I needed to give it some fullness, so I moved the pattern back about 2" (which would give me about 4" of extra fabric to gather) and cut both pieces out....


I also lengthened the front just a bit for modesty purposes only.  This worked like a charm and gave me exactly what I wanted....

    


I really like the results!  The instructions were very easy to follow, you really didn't need  them it was so easy.  The only alterations were the ones I mentioned above and I omitted the bust dart. (with the extra fullness I added, it wasn't needed).  All in all, it makes a nice addition to my wardrobe!

    

    

On another note,  I met a friend and fellow sewing blogger for lunch, Andrea from Satin Bird Designs.  It's always an inspiration to get together with friends and talk "shop", if you know what I mean!  Andrea is such a great inspiration for me and just a really neat, fun individual to be around!  Thanks Andrea for a great get away, looking forward to our next adventure!